Conference – What’s Holding the Orthodox Church Back from Reviving the Female Diaconate?

by Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE on September 29, 2018

in Featured, Featured News, News


Clockwise from top: Teva Regule, Ph.D., Carrie Frederick Frost, Ph.D., Deacon Perry Hamalis, Ph.D., Randa Karadsheh Anderson, Ph.D.

Clockwise from top: Teva Regule, Ph.D., Carrie Frederick Frost, Ph.D., Deacon Perry Hamalis, Ph.D., Randa Karadsheh Anderson, Ph.D.

The St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess – 29/9/18

The Call to Revive the Female Diaconate: Thirty Years After Rhodes

Saturday, November 3, 2018
1 to 5 pm

Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Glenview, (Chicago) IL

SPEAKER: Teva Regule, Ph.D.
“The Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church? The State of the Question”

PANELISTS: Randa Karadsheh Anderson, Ph.D., Carrie Frederick Frost, Ph.D., Deacon Perry Hamalis, Ph.D.


Panelists will discuss:
  • Why Ordination?
  • How can a revived male and female diaconate build up the Body of Christ?
  • Is NOW the time?
In 1988, Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios I  convened an International Orthodox consultation in Rhodes, Greece to explore the ministry and Ordination of women in the Orthodox Church. Notable among its concluding recommendations was the call to revive the female diaconate.  In honor of the 30th anniversary of this consultation, this event will summarize the history of the multiple calls for the revival of the female diaconate, discuss developments in more recent years and reflect on ways this important ministry can help build up Christ’s Church.



Hosted by the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess and the Saint Catherine Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies

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